Sponsors of the Jubilee Declaration
on Authority in the Church


Prof L. Laeyendecker

Dr. L. Laeyendecker studied philosophy, theology and sociology. His doctoral dissertation concerned religion and conflict. He taught as professor of sociology at the universities of Leiden (1973 - 1989) and Amsterdam.
At various times he was board member and/or president of large organizations, such as the Dutch Anthropological and Sociological Association (NSAV), the Foundation for Pure Scientific Research (ZWO), the Foundation for Research in Theology and Religion (STEGON), the Commission on Spirit, Order and Organisation of The World Council of Churches, the wellknown Catholic Social Ecclesiastical Institute in the Netherlands (KASKI), and others. From 1989 to 1992 he was director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Church and Society at Driebergen which focuses especially on problems of the sciences and ethics. He was involved with the Pastoral Council for the Netherlands and sat on the Board of the Acht Mei Beweging.
He wrote classic works on church governance: The Struggle to control charism. Salvation and Power in the Roman Catholic Church (1993) [Dutch: "Om de beheersing van het charisma: Heil en macht in de R.K. Kerk"], Culture at Risk. About modernity, science and religion (1994) [Dutch: "Bedreigde cultuur: Over moderniteit, wetenschap en religie"] and The Last Monopoly of the Roman Catholic Church. Changing Relationships between Clergy and Laity (1999) [Dutch: "Het Laatste Monopolie van de R.K. Kerk. Veranderende Verhoudingen tussen Priesters and Leken"]. Among his other books are: Strategieën van sociale verandering (1978), Orde, verandering, ongelijkheid: Een inleiding tot de geschiedenis van de sociologie (1981), Sociale verandering: Problemen en theorieën (1984) and Experiences and Explanations (1990).


Prof Paul Lakeland

Dr. Paul Lakeland is the Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Professor of Catholic Studies and Chair of the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Credentials to follow.


Prof Bernhard Lang

Dr Bernhard Lang is Professor for Old Testament Studies at the University of Paderborn, Germany. He studied at Tübingen, Germany (DrTheol 1975); the École Biblique, Jerusalem; and the London School of Economics. He was guest lecturer in Philadelphia, at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and at the University of St. Andrews where he is Honorary Professor.
Professor Lang wrote the following books: Wie wird man Prophet in Israel? Aufsätze zum Alten Testament (Düsseldorf 1980); with Colleen McDannell: Der Himmel: eine Kulturgeschichte (Frankfurt am Main: 1990 ) Orig.: Heaven: a History (London 1988); Die Bibel (Frankfurt am Main 2004); Die Bibel: Eine kritische Einführung (Paderborn 1994); Die Bibel neu entdecken: Drewermann als Leser der Bibel (München 1995); Jesus der Hund. Leben und Lehre eines jüdischen Kynikers (München 2010); Jahwe, der biblische Gott. Ein Porträt (München 2002); Heiliges Spiel. Eine Geschichte des christlichen Gottesdienstes (München 1998); Editor: Der einzige Gott. Die Geburt des biblischen Monotheismus (München 1981);
Professor Lang is the editorial director of the International Review of Biblical Studies (since 1980). In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate at the Unjiversity of Aarhus in Denmark.


Dr André Lascaris

Dr André Lascaris (Amsterdam, 1939) is a member of the Dominican order. He took a PhD degree in Oxford in 1970 and was a lecturer in Hammanskraal (South Africa), Amsterdam and Nijmegen. He was an editor of the Dutch catholic weekly De Bazuin andinvolved in a peace project for Northern Ireland from 1973 to 1992. Since 1988 he has been a researcher of the Dominican Study Centre for Theology and Society (DSTS) in Nijmegen/Amsterdam.
He has written on a large variety of subjects, including victimhood, living in community and religion in a pluralist society. Some of his recent publications are: 'Op vleugels van vrede', in: Tijdschrift voor Geestelijk Leven 68 (2012), p. 75-83; 'Schillebeeckx in the age  of "The Immanent Framework"', in: Th. Eggensperger, U. Engel, e.a. (eds.), Edward Schillebeeckx. Impulse für Theologien - Impetus Towards Theologies, Ostfildern 2012, 'Slachtoffers staan op', in: M. Elias and A. Lascaris (eds.), Rond de Crisis, Almere 2011; 'Zoals immers het lichaam één is: de inspiratie van Paulus', in: J. Bekkenkamp and J. Verheijen (eds.), Als ik W!J word. Nieuwe vormen van verbondenheid, Almere 2010; 'Healing Europe', in: Bulletin ET 19 (2008); 'Religion and Evil from the Perspective of Mimetic Theory', in: P. van Doorn-Harder and L. Minnema (eds.), Coping with Evil in Religion and Culture. Case Studies, Amsterdam 2008.


Prof Michael Lawler

Michael G. Lawler, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School at Creighton University and Professor Emeritus of Catholic Theology at Creighton University. Dr. Lawler joined Creighton as a systematic theologian in 1970. He served as Chair of the Department of Theology several times, as President of the University Faculty twice, and as Dean of the Graduate School from 1985 until 1995. In 1981 he received the Distinguished Faculty Award and in 1997 the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research. He retired in 2005.
Dr. Lawler is a highly regarded international theologian in the systematic theology of marriage and family. For over 12 years he directed Creighton’s Center for Marriage and Family, whose studies of marriage preparation, interchurch families, the first five years of marriage, and sexuality education brought international acclaim to Creighton. He is the author of twenty books and more than one hundred fifty scholarly articles.
Along with fellow Creighton Theology professor Todd A. Salzman, Michael G. Lawler was awarded first place for the Catholic Book Award in the theology category by the Catholic Press Association for their book The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology (Georgetown University Press 2008). Two of his other books, Marriage and Sacrament (1993) and Christian Marriage and Family (1996), were awarded Catholic Press Association Prizes for theological education. Other books are: What Is and What Ought to Be: The Dialectic of Experience, Theology, and Church (2005); Marriage and the Catholic Church: Disputed Questions (2002); and Family: American and Christian (1998).
A native of Ireland, Dr. Lawler earned his B.Sc. degree in mathematics and physics at University College, Dublin, his S.T.L. in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and his Ph.D. degree in systematic theology from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. Before coming to Creighton he held faculty appointments at St. Joseph College, Nairobi, Kenya, and Holy Ghost College, Dublin.


Prof Michel Lejeune

Dr Michael Lejeune is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Virtual University of Uganda and Strategic Advisor Finance and Administration at the same institution.
Michel studied in Ottawa and Louvain where he obtained a Doctorate in Canon Law in 1967. For some years he worked in Mbarara diocese, Uganda, where he was at one point Notary to the Ecclesiastical Tribunal. In 1975 he was transferred to Ggaba National Seminary in Kampala, where he taught Canon Law, Liturgy and Pastoral Theology.  At the same time he lectured on Medical Ethics and Law at Makerere University where, in 1979,  he set up the Institute of Medical Ethics and Law.
He returned to Europe in 1982 and taught at Dundee University (Faculty of Law), Louvain-la Neuve University (Faculty of Theology and Canon Law) and Fribourg University, Switzerland (Faculty of Theology).  He was also Judicial and Episcopal Vicar for juridical affairs of the archdiocese of Brussels-Malines from 1988 to 1993.
In 1992 he was asked to return to Uganda to set up Uganda Martyrs University, the first Catholic University in Uganda, where he became the first Vice Chancellor until he retired in 2006.  The same year he became Deputy Executive Director of the National Council for Higher Education in Uganda, where he was responsible for Quality Assurance in Uganda's Universities.  He held this position until the end of 2010. It is then that he started work as co-founder of the Virtual University of Uganda, the first Virtual University in Sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Lejeune is now assisting international organizations in matters of assessing universities and working on the evaluation of inter-institutional agreements for African Universities and other institutions throughout the world.


Dr Bernard Linares

Dr Bernard Linares studied in Tangiers, Gibraltar, Osterley (UK) and Rome where he obtained the doctorate in theology at the Gregorian University. As a young priest he served as chaplain to the Young Christian Workers in Gibraltar (1963-1972). He resigned from the priestly ministry and received a dispensation to marry (1976). He became full-time Branch Officer of the Transport & General Workers Union (1972-1974) and full-time General Secretary of the Gibraltar Workers Union (1974). Later he served in secondary education, becoming headteacher of Bayside Comprehensive School (1988-1994).
Meanwhile he held posts in official bodies in Gibraltar, such as: Secondary Education Commission, Education Ordinance Commission, Youth Welfare Council, Labour Advisory Board, Religious Adviser Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation, Catholic Marriage Advisory Council and the National Curriculum Advisory Committee.
He was elected to Parliament as a member of the Gibraltar Social Democrats. He became a Minister of the GSD Government (1996-2007) carrying ministerial portfolios at different times for Education, Culture, Youth, Disability Care and Health Care. He was assigned particular responsibilities for civic affairs (Moroccan immigrants, Ombudsman, Citizens Advice Bureau, Consumer Affairs). He was a member of the Gibraltar negotiating team for the new Constitution (concluded in 2006) and a Gibraltar Government delegate in the Comision Mixta de Cooperacion with Spain.
Among his most known publications and conferences we find: “Cardinal Wiseman and Seville” (The Venerabile, 1961); “The Foundation of the English Hospice in Rome in 1362” (The Venerabile, 1962); “De uso politico legis secundum Lutherum” (‘On the political use of the Law according to Luther’)(Pontifical Gregorian University, 1962); “Authority in Religion; A Study of Anglican Theology”  (Pontifical Gregorian University, 1963); “Pastoral Care: Towards a Systematic Approach”  (Education Department, 1985);  “The Concept of ‘Trasumanar’ in Dante’s Paradiso” (Dante Alighieri Society, 1998); “Gibraltar and Its People; A Philosophical Enquiry” (Millennium Lectures, 1999); “Culture and Urban Regeneration” (Impact Conference, Liverpool, 2002); “Gibraltar Más Allá Del Contencioso” (Altea Conference, Diputación de Cádiz, 2002);  “The YCW and the Labour Movement in Gibraltar” (Heritage Journal, 2008); “Theology and all that” (Philosophical Society, 2010).
In 2010 Dr Linares received the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour, the highest honour Gibraltar can bestow on its citizens.


Prof Gerard Loughlin

Professor Gerard Loughlin, BA MA (Wales) PhD PGCE (Cambridge) is Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion of Durham University, England. He undertook his doctoral research on the philosophy and theology of John Hick, and under the initial supervision of John A. T. Robinson - at the University of Cambridge. He joined the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Newcastle, where he served as Head of Department (1996-2001).In 2004 he joined the Department of Theology & Religion at Durham. His work crosses the borders between theology, philosophy and religious studies which is also the study of cultures.
Among his books we find: Telling God’s Story: Bible, Church and Narrative Theology (Cambridge University Press 1996/1999); Alien Sex: The Body and Desire in Cinema and Theology (Blackwell 2004); Queer Theology: Rethinking the Western Body (Blackwell 2007); co-editor with Jon Davies of Sex These Days: Essays in Theology, Sexuality and Society (Continuum 1997). He is co-editor with Elizabeth Stuart and Kent Brintnall of the journal Theology and Sexuality. A forthcoming study of his will deal with Homosexuality and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press 2013).
Professor Loughlin is an Associate European Editor of Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press). He is a member of the American Academy of Religion (and co-chair with David Stubbs of its Christian Systematic Theology Section); the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain (committee member 1993-98); the European Society for Catholic Theology; the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics and the Society for the Study of Theology..


Prof Kathleen Maas Weigert

Dr Kathleen Maas Weigert is Professor of Women and Leadership at Loyola University, Chicago. Credentials to follow.


Prof Gerard Mannion

Dr Gerard Mannion is Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at San Diego University in the USA and Director of its Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture (CCTC). He is an Irish citizen and was educated at Cambridge University (BA, MA Cantab.) and Oxford University (MSt, DPhil, MA Oxon). He served as Lecturer at Westminster College, Oxford; as Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Ecclesiology and Ethics at Trinity and All Saints College, University of Leeds. He was Associate Professor of Ecclesiology and Ethics at Liverpool Hope University, where he was founding director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Ecclesiology, and Co-Director of the Applied Ethics initiative. In 2003 he was a participant in the ‘Teaching the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project’ program at the Ethics Institute, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA.
Mannion is the editor of the T. & T. Clark publications series, Ecclesiological Investigations and his own publications include the following: . Author, Schopenhauer, Religion and Morality - The Humble Path to Ethics (Ashgate Press 2003); Ecclesiology and Postmodernity – Questions for the Church in our Times (Liturgical Press 2007); Christian Community Now: Ecclesiological Investigation, (with Paul Collins, Gareth Powell and Kenneth Wilson (T&T Clark International 2008). He edited: Readings in Church Authority - Gifts and Challenges for Contemporary Catholicism (Ashgate Press 2003); Catholic Social Justice: Theological and Practical Explorations (with Philomena Cullen and Bernard Hoose, T. &. T Clark/Continuum 2007); The Routledge Companion to the Christian Church (with Lewis Mudge, Routledge 2007); Moral Theology for the 21st Century: Essays in Celebration of Kevin Kelly (with Julie Clague and Bernard Hoose, Continuum 2010);Comparative Ecclesiology: Critical Investigations (T. & T. Clark/Continuum 2008); Church and Religious Other: Essays on Truth, Unity and Diversity (T. & T. Clark/Continuum 2008); The Vision of John Paul II: Assessing his Thought and Influence (Liturgical Press 2008).
Presently, he serves as Chair of the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network, is a Senior Research Fellow of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and a Senior Fellow of the Centro per le Scienze Religiose, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy. He has been a consultant adviser on philosophy, theology and ethics to the charity, Porticus UK, since 1996. From 1996-2001, he was a member of the Queen’s Foundation Working Party on Authority and Governance in the Roman Catholic Church.
Mannion has served on the UK Catholic Theology Commission on Social Justice and is a member of CAFOD’s Theological Advisory Group. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the European Society of Catholic Theology, the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain and the Association of Teachers of Moral Theology.


Prof Joseph Martos

Dr Joseph Martos is a retired professor of religion and philosophy living in Louisville, Kentucky, where he divides his time between writing, social activism, and public speaking. He has held full-time teaching positions in Louisville KY, Allentown PA, Cincinnati OH, and Sioux City IA, and he has taught summer courses in over a dozen universities in the United States, Canada and Australia. 
He did graduate study in philosophy and theology at Gregorian University and Boston College, and he earned a doctorate from DePaul University in Chicago, writing a dissertation on Bernard Lonergan’s theory of transcendent knowledge.
Dr. Martos has written classic books on the sacraments: Catholic Sacraments (1983), Sacraments: Seven Stories of Growth (1989) and - the most popular - Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church (1981, more editions).  He has also co-authored four books on spirituality with Fr. Richard Rohr among them: Why be a Catholic? (1990) and The Wild Man's Journey: Reflections on Male Spirituality (1996). He has co-edited two books on Christian history and church practices with sociologist Pierre Hégy: Equal at Creation: Sexism, Society and Christian Thought (1998) and Catholic Divorce: the Deception of Annulments (2006). His book May God Bless America: George W. Bush and Biblical Morality, written just prior to the 2004 election, was on religion and politics. His latest book is: The Sacraments: An Interdisciplinary and Interactive Study. His current project involves deconstructing Catholic sacramental theology, exposing its conceptual flaws and intellectual instability.
Dr. Martos has a continuing interest in world peace, social responsibility, and ecology.  He has taught courses on Christian ethics and he has been a member of local and national organizations such as Pax Christi, Bread for the World, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Amnesty International.  Dr. Martos and his wife Arden live in a Victorian house in Old Louisville, where they are active members of the neighborhood association.  Both remarried, between them they have eight children, fourteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


Prof Joseph Mattam

Dr. Joseph Mattam, S.J. (1936) is an emeritus professor of theology; holds a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome (1972). He has been on the staff of the theology faculty of Vidyajyoti, Delhi, (1972-1998) and has taught in many regional and national seminaries and theologates in India, Kenya and Bangladesh. He was the founder and dean of the Gujarat Jesuit Regional Theologate (Dean 1978-1985; 1993-1998) and of the Gujarat Regional Seminary (Dean 1998-2001). During the same period, he was a visiting professor at the Regional Theologates at Patna, Ranchi, Madras, Theologates and religious, priests and seminarians; have animated General and Provincial Chapters of Religious Congregations in India and Africa. He conducted various workshops for priests, formation personnel and Bishops.
Professor Mattam published over 150 major articles in various journals. Among his books we find: The Land of the Trinity, Modern Christian Approaches to Hinduism (Bangalore, TPI 1975); Religious Life within a Christian Vision of Reality (Anand, Gujarat Sahitya Prakash 1994); Dimensions of Mission in India (with S Kim (ed), Mumbai, St Pauls 1995); Mission and Conversion-a Reappraisal (with S. Kim (ed), Mumbai, St Pauls 1996); Mission Trends Today, Historical and Theological Perspectives (with S Kim (eds), Mumbai, St Pauls 1997); Ecological Concerns, an Indian Christian Response (with JKavunkal (eds), Bangalore, NBCLC 1998); Blossoms from the East, Contribution of the Indian Church to World Mission (with M. Kirckwin (eds.), Mumbai, St Pauls 1998); Missiological Approaches in India, Retrospect and Prospect (with Kirckwin Marak, Mumbai, St Pauls 1999); In the Shadow of the Cross, Christians and Minorities in India Encounter Hostility (with Reuben Gabriel, Mumbai, St Pauls 2002); Hindutva – an Indian Christian Response (with P Arokiadoss,Bangalore, Dharmaram Publications 2002); Creative Ministries, Exploring New Frontiers in Mission (with Philomena Parackal, St Pauls, Mumbai 2002); Emerging Indian Missiology, Context and Concept (with Joseph Valiamangalam, ISPCK/FOIM, Delhi 2006); Building Solidarity – Challenge to Christian Mission (with J. Valiamangalam, ISPCK, Delhi 2008); Celebration of Life, Rediscovering the Sacraments ( ISPCK, Delhi 2012).
Professor Mattam is a member of Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT), the Indian Association for Missiological Studies (IAMS), the Indian Theololgical Association (ITA) and the Federation of Indian Missiologists (FOIM) of which he is the President.


Prof Mary McAleese

Dr Mary Patricia McAleese graduated in Law from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1973 and was called to the Northern Ireland Bar in 1974. In 1975, she was appointed Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin and in 1987, she returned to her Alma Mater, Queen’s, to become Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies. In 1994, she became the first female Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Queen’s University of Belfast.
Professor McAleese is an experienced broadcaster, having worked as a current affairs journalist and presenter in radio and television with Ireland's Radio and Television. She has a longstanding interest in many issues concerned with justice, equality, social inclusion, anti-sectarianism and reconciliation. Among the offices she has held are: Director of Channel 4 Television; Director, Northern Ireland Electricity; delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Trade and Investment in Ireland and to the follow-up Pittsburg Conference in 1996; member of the Catholic Church delegation in 1996 to the North Commission on Contentious Parades; member of the Catholic Church Episcopal Delegation to the New Ireland Forum in 1984; founder member of the Irish Commission for Prisoners Overseas. Last not least, she was elected President of the Republic of Ireland in 1997, and remained in office for two terms (till 2011).
Professor McAleese is well-known for her memorable speeches on issues affecting society and the Catholic Church. The following books by her should be noted: Love in Chaos: Spiritual Growth and the Search for Peace in Northern Ireland (1999); Building Bridges - Selected Speeches and Statements(2011); Quo Vadis?: Collegiality in the Code of Canon Law (scheduled to appear in January 2013).
She is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders and was ranked the 64th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. McAleese has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ontago, New Zealand (2007); Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts (2009); and from Fordham University, New York (2010). On 3 May 2007, she was awarded the The American Ireland Fund Humanitarian Award. On 19 May 2009, she became the third living person to be awarded the Freedom of Kilkenny. On 30 November 2012, she and her husband received the Tipperary Peace Prize for their work of reconciliation in Northern Ireland.


Professor Charles McMahon

Professor Charles J. McMahon Jr is Emeritus Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania (BSc 1955) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT: DSc 1963). He held various professorial positions at the MIT and at the University of Pennsylvania (1974-2002). He published many scientific articles. Among his books we find: Introduction to Engineering Materials: The Bicycle and the Walkman (with C.  D. Graham, Jr.1992); Interactive Glossary for Introduction to Engineering Materials (CD-ROM, Merion  Media 1996); Tutorials for Introduction to Engineering Materials (CD-ROMs, Merion Media 2000); Structural Materials (Merion Books 2004); Use of High Strength Steel for Hydrogen Containment (with X. Y. Liu and Jun A. Kameda, 2007).
For many years Professor McMahon took part in parish life "on autopilot" as he calls it, being a reader, Eucharistic minister and member of his parish council. From 2002 he adopted a more critical stand. He joined the Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC - presently a member of the Board), the Voice of the Faithful (VOTF), and the American Catholic Council.
Professor McMahon received the following awards and honours: Fellow, American Society of Metals (1974); Champion H. Mathewson Gold Medal (1975);  National Academy of Engineering (1980); Albert Sauver Achievement Award (1981); Pfeil Medal and Prize, Metals Society, London (1982); Alexander von Humboldt Senior U.S. Scientist Award (1983); Fellow, The Metallurgical Society (1984); S Reid Warren, Jr. Award for Distinguished Teaching (1992);  Alpha Sigma Mu Lecturer, Life Membership in ASM (1998); Charles S. Barrett Silver Medal, Rocky Mountain Chapter, ASM (2001);  Lindback Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania (2001); Albert Sauver Lecturer, Liberty Bell Chapter, ASM (2003); Honorary Membership Japan Institute of Metals (2003); Albert Easton White Distinguished Teacher Award (2004).


Prof Norbert Mette

Dr Norbert Mette is Professor of Religious Pedagogy and Practical Theology at the University of Dortmund in Germany (since 2002). He studied at the University of (Münster (DrTheol 1976) and taught first in (Münster (1973-1984) and Paderborn (1984-2002).
Professor Mette is known for these publications: Praktisch-theologische Erkundungen 2 (Berlin 2007); Glauben-Lernen in der Welt von heute (Würzburg 2007); Einführung in die katholische Praktische Theologie (Darmstadt 2005); Praktisch-theologische Erkundungen (Münster 1998); Religionspädagogik (Düsseldorf 1994); Voraussetzungen christlicher Elementarerziehung. Vorbereitende Studien zu einer Religionspädagogik des Kleinkindalters (Düsseldorf 1983); Kirchlich distanzierte Christlichkeit. Eine Herausforderung für die praktische Kirchentheologie (München 1982); and Theorie der Praxis. Wissenschaftsgeschichtliche und methodologische Untersuchungen zur Theorie-Praxis-Problematik innerhalb der praktischen Theologie (Düsseldorf 1978).
With others he published many works on religious pedagogy: (Ed), Paulo Freire, Pädagogik der Autonomie. Notwendiges Wissen für die Bildungspraxis (Münster 2008); ( Ed), Paulo Freire, Bildung und Hoffnung (Münster 2007); with P. Schreiner, D. Oesselmann und D. Kinkelbur (Ed), Paulo Freire, Unterdrückung und Befreiung (Münster 2007); with G. Adam, R. Englert u. R. Lachmann (Ed), Bibeldidaktik. Ein Lesebuch (Münster 2006); with G. Bitter (Ed), Glauben macht lebendig. Zur Erinnerung an Adolf Exeler (München 2006); with S. Hütte unter Mitarbeit von R. Middelberg u. S. Pahl: Religion im Klassenverband unterrichten (Münster 2003); with E. Gottwald (Ed), Religionsunterricht interreligiös. Hermeneutische und didaktische Erschließungen. Festschrift für Folkert Rickers (Neukirchen-Vluyn 2003); with F. Rickers (Ed), Lexikon der Religionspädagogik 2. Bde. (Neukirchen-Vluyn 2001 (Lizenzausgabe:(Darmstadt 2001)); with H.-M. Gutmann: Orientierung. Theologie. Was sie kann, was sie will, Reinbek 2000); with K. Gabriel und J. Horstmann (Ed), : Zukunftsfähigkeit der Theologie. Anstöße aus der Soziologie Franz-Xaver Kaufmanns (Paderborn 1999); with L. Weckel und A. Wintels (Ed), Brücken und Gräben. Sozialpastorale Impulse und Initiativen im Spannungsfeld von Gemeinde und Politik (Münster 1999); with H. Steinkamp (Ed), Anstiftung zur Solidarität. Praktische Beispiele der Sozialpastoral (Mainz 1997); Religionspädagogik (Düsseldorf 1994); with Chr. Bäumler (Ed), Gemeindepraxis in Grundbegriffen. Ökumenische Orientierungen und Perspektiven (München-(Düsseldorf 1987); with P. Eicher (Ed), Auf der Seite der Unterdrückten? Theologie der Befreiung im Kontext Europas (Düsseldorf 1989); with M. Blasberg-Kuhnke: Kirche auf dem Weg ins Jahr 2.000. Zur Situation und Zukunft der Pastoral (Düsseldorf 1986); with H.-U. v. Brachel (Ed), Kommunikation und Solidarität (Münster 1985); with H. Steinkamp: Sozialwissenschaften und Praktische Theologie (Düsseldorf 1983); with N. Greinacher und W. Möhler (Ed), Gemeindepraxis. Analysen und Aufgaben (München-(Mainz 1979); with A. Exeler (Ed), Theologie des Volkes (Mainz 1978).
He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Theology of the University of Freiburg / Bresgau (2002).


Prof Dietmar Mieth

Dr Dietmar Mieth is Professor Emeritus of Theological Ethics and Social Ethics at the University of Tübingen (1981-2008). Previously he had been Professor of Moral Theology at the University of Fribourg (1974-1981).
He published the following books: Limitless self-determination? The will and the dignity of the dying Cologne 2008; The dictatorship of the genes. Biotechnology between feasibility and human dignity (Freiburg 2002); Morality and experience I. Basics of a theological-ethical hermeneutics (Freiburg 1999); Morality and experience II Development of a theological-ethical hermeneutics (Freiburg 1998); Epics and ethics. A theological-ethical interpretation of the Joseph novels of Thomas Mann (Tübingen 1976); Meister Eckhart. Experience of God and walk in the world (Zürich & Munich 1979, 1989, 1991); Ethics in Human Genetics (with Marcus Düwell, (Marburg, 2000.
Professor Mieth works in some ethics committees of national importance. Since 2001, he is a member of the Bioethics Commission of the German Bishops' Conference. Since 2003 Member of the Ethics Committee of the German Ministry of Health. He is since 2003 a member of the Study Commission on Ethics and Law in Modern Medicine of the German Bundestag. Mieth is chairman of the scientific council of the Institute Human, Ethics, Science.


Prof Paul Misner

Dr Paul Misner is Professor Emeritus of Marquette University in Milwaukee, USA. Credentials to follow.


Bishop William Morris

Bishop William Morris is Emeritus Bishop of Toowoomba in Australia. He studied philosophy and theology at Pius XII Provincial Seminary, Banyo, Australia, and was ordained a priest in 1969. His parish appointments included Sunnybank, Nambour, Mt Gravatt, Goodna and Surfers Paradise. He served as Secretary to Archbishop Francis Rush (1979-1984). When he was appointed the fifth bishop to the vast Diocese of Toowoomba in 1993, he brought with him nearly twenty-five years pastoral, administrative and leadership experience.
Bishop Morris became known for his pastoral leadership and his work with diocesan cases of sexual abuse. Traditionalists objected to his support of the Third Rite of Confession, even though it is mentioned in Redemptor Hominis by John Paul II (1979). The 'Third Rite' is a collective form of reconciliation with a single, general absolution. It includes the continuing obligation on individuals to confess grave sins privately at a later time. In his Advent Pastoral Letter of 2006, Bishop Morris called for discussion of the ordination of married men and the ordination of women to compensate for the lack of priests in his large diocese. This led to interventions by Rome.
On 2 May 2011 the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia announced that the Pope had "removed [Bishop Morris] from pastoral care" of his diocese. On 1 May 2011, Morris had stated in a letter to parishioners of his diocese that "it has been determined by Pope Benedict XVI that the diocese would be better served by the leadership of a new bishop", but that he felt that he was being denied "natural justice". The Bishop explained his position further in a TV interview.


Prof Joseph Agero Ngala

Joseph Agero Ngala is Associate Professor of International Relations at the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya. Credentials to follow.


Prof Peter Nissen

Dr Peter Nissen studied theology and church history at the Catholic universities of Nijmegen and Amsterdam (Doctorate in Church History, 1988). He lectured in church history at Heerlen, Amsterdam and Nijmegen. He became Professor of Culture at the Catholic University of Brabant at Tilburg (1994-1998), Professor of Church History at the Radboud University at Nijmegen (1998-2008), Professor of the Cultural History of Christianity in Tilburg (2008-2009) and Professor of the Cultural History of Spirituality at the Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen (since 2009).
Among the books he published we find: Heiligheid van dingen (2011); Norbertus van Gennep (2009); Eene zachte aanraking van zijn zieleleven. Over 'ware' en 'valse' mystiek rond 1900 (2008); Wegen en dwarswegen. Tweeduizend jaar christendom in hoofdlijnen (with Nico van den Akker, 4th edition 2009); Vita Radbodi - Het leven van Radboud (with Vincent Hunink, 2004); De Bisschop. Kerkscheidend of kerkverenigend? (edited with B. Jan Aalbers, 2002). He contributed substantially to: Constantijn de Grote (eds. Olivier Hekster and Corjo Jansen, 2012); De paus en de wereld (eds. Frans Willem Lantink en Jeroen Koch, 2012); De moord op Marietje Kessels (2010); Limburgse identiteit (2009); Tussen professie en confessie. Wat geloven theologen? (2008); Heiligen en hun wonderen. Uit de marge van ons erfgoed, van de late middeleeuwen tot heden (eds. Charles Caspers, Peter Nissen, P. Raedts, 2007); De grote stilte (ed. H.J.A. Hofland, 2008).
Professor Nissen is editor of the academic magazine Trajecta. Religie, cultuur en samenleving in de Nederlanden and of Speling. Tijdschrift voor bezinning. He is chair of the editorial board of the series Maaslandse Monografieën and member of the editorial board of the series Bijdragen tot de geschiedenis van het zuiden van Nederland>. He is member of the editorial boards of Ons geestelijk erf (Ruusbroecsociety, University of Antwerp), Novi Monasterii and of the academic series Studia Cartusiana. Since 2010 he is chairman of NOSTER, the Dutch institute for research in theology and the religious sciences and of the Dominican Centre for the study of theology and society. He also presides over the Foundation Sormani Fonds.
Professor Nissen is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, the Nederlands Genootschap voor Godsdienstwetenschap, the Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde, the Koninklijke Zuidnederlandse Maatschappij voor Taal- en Letterkunde en Geschiedenis and the Koninklijk Nederlands Historisch Genootschap. Since 2009 he is a regular contributor to the Dutch daily newspaper Trouw. In 2006 he was decorated as Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion.


Prof Joseph Stephen O'Leary

Father Dr Joseph O'Leary is Professor of English Literature at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. Credentials to follow.


Prof Thomas O'Loughlin

Professor Dr Thomas O'Loughlin is Professor of Historical Theology in the University of Nottingham, UK. He studied at University College Dublin (BA Phil), then at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth (BD Theol; MA Phil). He became Research Fellow in Dublin (Late Latin and Palaeography) and a Scholar in the School of Celtic Studies of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies which led to his PhD. In 1997 he entered the Dept of Theology and Religious Studies in the University of Wales, Lampeter. His distinctive style of conducting historical theology that focuses on the dynamics of tradition within theology led to him being made the first Professor of Historical Theology in the University of Wales in February 2006; and to the award of a DD by Bangor University in 2010.
Professor O'Loughlin specializes in producing accurate historico-theological analyses, of which he has written hundreds over the past years. By way of example we note just for the one year 2012: Making the Most of the Lectionary: A User's Guide, SPCK London; ‘Adomnán’s Plans in the Context of his Imagining ‘the Most Famous City’, Proceedings of the British Academy 175, 15-40; ‘The library of Iona at the time of Adomnán’. In: R.G. Gameson, ed., The Cambridge history of the Book in Britain (Volume I; c.400-1100), Cambridge University Press. 570-579; ‘Divisions in Christianity: The Contribution of “Appeals to Antiquity”’. In: S. Oliver, K.Kilby and T. O’Loughlin, eds., Faithful Reading: New Essays in Theology and Philosophy, T. and T. Clark. 221-241; ‘A Vernacular Liturgy versus a Liturgy in the “Vernacular”?’, Worship 86(3), 244-255; ‘The Biblical Dimension of Early Medieval Latin Texts’. In: K. Ritari, ed., Method and Genre in the Study of Medieval Texts (in press); ‘The ecclesial value of deacons within the Eucharistic Assembly’, New Diaconal Review (in press); ‘The Prayers of the Liturgy’. In: V. Boland and T. McCarthy, eds., The Word is Flesh and Blood: The Eucharist and Sacred Scripture, Dominican Publications, Dublin. 113-122; ‘Is every translation a vernacular translation?’, New Blackfriars (in press); ‘Jerome’s De uiris illustribus and Latin Perceptions of the New Testament’s Canon’. In: J.E. Rutherford and D. Woods, eds., The Mystery of Christ in the Fathers of the Church, Four Courts Press, Dublin. 55-65; ‘Christian Spirituality in Europe: The Celtic Tradition’. In: Richard Woods and Peter Tyler, eds., The Bloomsbury Guide to Christian Spirituality, Bloomsbury, London. 304-314; S. Oliver, K. Kilby and T. O’Loughlin, eds., Faithful Reading: New Essays in Theology and Philosophy, T. & T. Clark, London; 'The Derrynaflan Paten: Discovering an Ancient Theology'. In: S. Ryan and B. Leahy, eds., Treasures of Irish Christianity: People and Places, Images and Texts, Veritas, Dublin. 63-66; 'Latina veritas: language a guarantor of truth?', The Furrow 63(7/8), 343-347.
Professor O'Loughlin is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquariesi>; the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland; and of the Royal Historical Society.


Prof Francis C Oakley

Dr Francis C Oakley is Professor Emeritus of the History of Ideas, and former President, of Williams College, New York. Credentials to follow.


Prof Anthony T. Padovano

Professor Anthony T. Padovano studied Theology at the Gregorian University, Rome (STD 1962), Philosphy at St. Thomas International University, Rome (MA 1962), and Literature at Fordham University, New York (PhD 1980). He is Adjunct Theology Professor at Fordham University, NY and St. Elizabeth College, NJ; and Summer Visiting Professor at 24 American Universities.
He published numerous articles and 26 books among which: The Estranged God (1966), Belief in Human Life (1969), Dawn Without Darkness (1971), Free to be Faithful (1972), Presence and Structure (1975), The Human Journey: Thomas Merton, Symbol of a Century (Doubleday 1982), Love and Destiny (1987), Conscience and Conflict (1989), Reform and Renewal: Essays on Authority, Ministry and Social Justice (1990), The Church Today: Belonging and Believing (1990), Hope is a Dialogue (1998), Resistance and Renewal (2002) and A Path to Freedom (2011).
He has held many national and international offices. He served as President of CORPUS, the American Association for Married Priests (1988-1998) and is Vice President of the International Federation of Married Catholic Priests (30 countries). He took part in White House and Congressional staff meetings as a consultant. His Lifetime Achievement was read into the Congressional Record of the 104th Congress on May 15, 1995 by Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey.


Prof Jesús Peláez del Rosal

Dr Jesús Peláez del Rosal is Professor of Greek Philosophy at Cordoba University, Spain. Credentials to follow.


Dr Richard Penaskovic

Dr Richard J. Penaskovic is Program Director for Religious Studies at Auburn University, Alabama, USA. Credentials to follow.


Prof Margarita Mª Pintos

Dr Margarita Mª Pintos de Cea-Naharro is Professor at the Colegio Alemán in Madrid, Spain. Credentials to follow.


Bishop Pat Power

Dr Pat Power trained for the priesthood at St Columba's College, Springwood, and St Patrick's College, Manly, Australia. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1965 and served in the parishes of Braidwood, Canberra and Goulburn (1965-1972). He studied Canon Law at the Propaganda Fide University in Rome (DCL 1975). On the completion of his studies he served as Archbishop's Secretary (to three archbishops) and director of the marriage tribunal (1975-1985). In 1986 he was ordained bishop by Archbishop Francis Carroll, becoming the fifth Auxiliary Bishop of Canberra–Goulburn. He retired in June 2012.
Bishop Pat Power served on the Australian national bishops' committees for laity, ecumenism, canon law, family and life, social welfare and media. He has also been the secretary of the Committee for Justice, Development, Ecology and Peace and a member of the Australian Social Justice Council. He contribued much to the field of ecumenical and inter-faith relations. He was the first Catholic co-chairman of AUSTARC, the Australian Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue. He served a number of terms as chair of the Council of Australian Churches Together (ACT). Bishop Power also devoted much of his efforts to support the marginalised in society through Catholic Welfare Australia and through local community organizations in Canberra. He has been a strong advocate for the East Timorese and the Palestinian people, for Aboriginal people, for racial respect, for the unemployed and in opposition to abortion and assisted suicide. In 2000, Power chaired a major enquiry into poverty in the Australian Capital Territory.
In various articles, radio interviews and letters to organizations, Power has repeatedly stated that issues such as priestly celibacy, church teaching on sexuality and the role of women in the church must be re-examined and should be discussed with the laity. He has often expressed support for the ordination of married men. "New moral dilemmas began to emerge in the wake of Humanae Vitae in 1968 and the outbreak of the Vietnam War (or at least Australia's involvement in it). The right to question and even dissent, the sanctity of conscience and the whole notion of religious freedom all found expression in the documents of Vatican II." Also: "the Church has retreated from the promising outcomes of the Second Vatican Council". Recently the Bishop expressed his views clearly in a televised interview on ABC television. Bishop Pat Power was declared Canberra Citizen of the Year in 2009.


Prof Gunter Prüller-Jagenteufel

Dr Gunter Prüller-Jagenteufel is associate professor of Moral Theology at the University of Vienna. He obtained his doctorate at the Institute of Moral Theology at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Vienna (PhD 1997). He was Visiting Professor of Christian social ethics at the Inter-Congregational Theological Center in Manila, Philippines (1998). From 1998 to 2003 he was Chairman of the Commission "Theological Faculties" of the Austrian conference of artistic and scientific staff . He acquired his habilitation in moral theology at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Regensburg (2003) and was for a time Associate Professor of Moral Theology at the University of Regensburg (2003-2004).
Among his publications we find: Befreit zur Verantwortung. Sünde und Versöhnung in der Ethik Dietrich Bonhoeffers (Münster-Hamburg-London 2004); Solidarität - eine Option für die Opfer. Geschichtliche Entwicklung und aktuelle Bedeutung einer christlichen Tugend anhand der katholischen Sozialdokumente (Frankfurt am Main 1998); Gut(e) Theologie lernen. Nord-Süd-Begegnung als theologisches Lernfeld, (mit Maria Katharina Moser und Veronika Prülller-Jagenteufel) (Ostfildern 2009); Damit Menschsein Zukunft hat. Theologische Ethik im Einsatz für eine humane Gesellschaft, (mit Günter Virt; hg. von Gerhard Marschütz und Gunter Prüller-Jagenteufel, Würzburg 2007); Forschungskreis Kommunikative Theologie, Kommunikative Theologie. Selbst-vergewisserung unserer Kultur des Theologietreibens (Münster–Wien–Berlin 2006); Zukunft der Theologie - Theologie der Zukunft. Zu Identität und Relevanz der Theologie (eds. mit Konrad Huber und Ulrich Winkler, Wien-München 2001);
In 2004 Prof Prüller-Jagenteufel received the First Prize of the 'Kurt Hellmich-Foundation for Ecumenical Theology' for his habilitation-dissertation: Befreit zur Verantwortung; and the 'Leopold-Kunschak-Prize' for his doctorate dissertation Solidarität - eine Option für die Opfer (1998);
Prof Prüller-Jagenteufel is a member of the Commission for Ecumenical issues of the Archdiocese of Vienna); member of the European Society for Catholic Theology; and member of the International Bonhoeffer Society.